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I have lost a file while attempting to move it. I accidentally put three periods after the file name when I meant to put two. The command I ran was 'mv file.txt ...'. Ive used the find command to look for it, but I cant seem to track it down. Anyone encountered this before that might know where the file went?

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now do mv ... file.txt – Rozuur Mar 30 '13 at 20:10
That command would rename it to "..." in whatever directory you were in. So if you cd into that directory and do mv ... ../file.txt you should be able to get it back. – Jim Lewis Mar 30 '13 at 20:10
ls -a shows all files including hidden files (files starting with a . – richard Aug 5 '14 at 17:56

Using the Graphical User Interface, do "view hidden files" on the folder you were in. Either that, or press Ctrl-h (which does the same thing).

Normally, I'd tell you to type ls -la from the terminal, but the syntax coloring of your terminal window may not be smart enough to show those three dots as a normal hidden file.

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Why didn't you just test it? ls -la works fine, although ls -lA works even better. – Sparhawk Aug 6 '14 at 6:17
Because I couldn't, I had no idea what terminal emulator he was using. – Stephan Branczyk Aug 6 '14 at 6:38
I'm not sure I understand. The terminal emulator shouldn't affect syntax colouring? (Also, are you talking about the --color=auto option?) – Sparhawk Aug 6 '14 at 6:41

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